The Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory (HBPL) is situated in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago and directed by Professor Harriet de Wit, PhD.  The HBPL investigates the determinants and the consequences of drug and alcohol use by measuring physiological, behavioral and subjective effects of acute doses of psychoactive drugs in human volunteers. 

The laboratory is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA032015, DA02812, DA037011, DA037642) the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (K01 AA024519 awarded to J. Weafer), with additional support from Pfizer and Insys Therapeutics. 

We are part of a network of laboratories at the University of Chicago that offers training to individuals interested in the neuropharmacology of drug abuse. Research training opportunities range from molecular biology and receptor pharmacology, to behavioral research with laboratory animals and clinical studies with human volunteers.

More information on research training (for high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs) is available here.

Recent Interview

Be sure to check out a recent interview that Professor Harriet de Wit had with Erin Schumaker of the Huffington Post.